Dear Journal

Dear Journal, It’s been a while since I’ve written.  I’m not sure why I’ve not written because things have happened.  I have been busy.  My life is busy.   I haven’t had a chance to put anything in words.  Allen and I are always talking about this and how our attempts to slow down never happen.  We don’t want … Read more

Sights of Summer

Another summer is winding down. My awesome peach crop was eaten but not by us.  We were able to pick quite a few but something ate the rest (probably birds and squirrels) leaving us these reminders that we are not the only ones on the farm that like peaches. Both pecan trees have pecans this … Read more

Bellingrath Garden and Home

I love a good Atlas.  When traveling by motorcycle, I make it my mission to find alternate highways away from interstates.  Al handles interstates well.  Me, not so much.  So, for every trip, the atlas (and they now have these in large print!) is part of my luggage. As I was planning our trip home, I noticed … Read more

Just Some Purty Flowers

So many things are blooming now, I just couldn’t stop at a couple of pictures. The Mirabilis jalapa or 4 o’clocks are a reseeding annual.  Some years I have more yellows and white, but this year I have more pink. They also like to cross breed and those are always a pretty combination. The Asclepias … Read more

Planning for Spring

Gardeners never rest. In the winter, we are reading seed catalogs and planning and dreaming of our perfect garden for spring (dreams are fun) In the spring, we are busy fulfilling those visions (for the most part) In the summer, we are harvesting and enjoying the fruits of our labor (hopefully) In the fall, we start thinking … Read more

Combinations of Color

As summer winds down, September usually gives me one last burst of color. The allium stellatum,  coreopsis and zinnias are providing color and much needed nectar for traveling pollinators. The hydrangeas provide a good background for the four-o-clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) and the chartreuse coleus, ‘chocolate covered cherry’ coleus, white caladium, white impatiens and creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) … Read more

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day–August 2013

Is the day garden bloggers from all over the world showcase their gardens. We have had a very unusual summer in NW Arkansas. 13 inches of rain in eight weeks and no scorching temperatures has all the flowers and veggies happy, happy, happy. Here are some of my favorite bloomers in the garden. The Naked Ladies (Lycoris squamigera) … Read more

March Madness

For some people, March Madness means lots and lots of basketball.  For me, March Madness refers to lots and lots of garden chores. And as the temperatures begin to warm,  my mind races with everything  I want  to get done this month. I’ve been working feverishly in the greenhouse starting perennials, annuals and most recently tomatoes and peppers.  The broccoli seedlings are growing nicely.. … Read more